It was gathered that the strike embarked upon by the Resident Doctors and Health Workers at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) has claimed its first casualty.
A female student of the University of Ilorin, who is said to be a sickler, is said to have passed away.
Resident doctors at the UITH have been on strike since May 7, 2015 over allegations of unpaid allowances, selective implementation of circulars as well as dwindling number of resident doctors to service the system.
The situation at the hospital worsened on Monday as health workers under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) also commenced indefinite strike.
The doctors’ strike however has become a matter of litigation as the hospital management has dragged the striking doctors before the National Industrial Court, Akure.
The court had adjourned the matter till Thursday (today) May 28, 2015, and ordered parties to maintain the status quo.
Speaking at an interactive session with journalists yesterday in Ilorin, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said the late student could not get medical attention at UITH because of the strike.
The student, according to the VC, had taken ill and was admitted at the school’s clinic for about four days.
He said when her condition deteriorated, she was rushed to UITH but could not get medical attention due to the doctors’ strike .
Ambali said the late student was however rushed to another hospital but died before she got there.
He dismissed insinuations that the student was a rape victim.
“Let me say there is no iota of truth in that rumour. The rumour is not true; we lost a lady based on natural sickness. I think she was a sickle